According to a Court TV article from 2004, Levar Stoney initially lied and then came clean to authorities about the tire slashing:
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“Stoney, who told jurors he hopes to be a U.S. senator one day, said he initially lied to police because he did not want to give up the names of the defendants, whom he grew close to during long days courting voters in Milwaukee.
“I wasn’t going to try and get my friends, my colleagues, in trouble. Nor was I going to get the Democratic Party in trouble as well,” he said.
But as soon as the FBI agents began calling him in Virginia, he decided to come clean about what happened on the morning of the election, he said.
Stoney was also the only witness to describe a weapon — a brown-handled kitchen knife —in the hands of one of the defendants, although he could not remember who held the blade then threw it away.”
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Of course, lying to investigators and involvement in criminal vandalism isn’t enough to stunt a career in the Democratic Party. In fact, it may have been a boost.
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After his work in Wisconsin, Stoney went on to work for McAuliffe’s troubled electric car company GreenTech, which recently fell under investigation by the Securities and Exchange Commission. He then served as Deputy Campaign Manager for McAuliffe during the 2013 campaign beforehis appointment to Secretary of the Commonwealth.
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In response to Stoney’s appointment, Slate.com called the move the beginning of Terry McAuliffe’s “reign of sleaze.”
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Rep. Gwen Moore’s son Sowande Omokunde and former Milwaukee Mayor Marvin Pratt’s son were among five total operatives charged and sentenced in the tire slashing of 2004.”
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Commenter: Voter suppression via tire slashing:
“David White · Top Commenter
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Seems kinda hypocritical to accuse voter suppression re: voter ID laws, when they were trying to suppress the republican vote by slashing the tires. Hell, LBJ stole a whole ballot box, and he was promoted!”
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